Welcome to my story, I’m humbled you’ve read this far and are interested in learning more about me and my journey.

I’m a Christian mom to three beautifully unique children and married to the best man I know. I’m a disability advocate and living kidney donor to my youngest son who was born to dialysis. Sharing this bond with him has been one of the most remarkable experiences and one I love to talk about so if you have questions, ask away.

How I Got Here

I’ve spent many years as a management and marketing consultant in the healthcare vertical. While I enjoy my work, interior design, architecture, and cooking have always been passions. I decided to find an outlet for my creative energies and this blog is the result. I hope you like it as much as I enjoy creating it. If you’re compelled to, subscribe to see the newsletter and get access to subscriber-only previews, and join me on social media.

My Littles

Here are the beautiful humans who make up my world. They’re older now, but no less magic.

My Background

I studied photojournalism and it influences much of what I do, but I remain a mediocre photographer at best. I’m determined to get better, expect to see an improvement as I invest in classes and equipment over the years. I also studied political science and my degree is in social sciences from Troy University. I keep planning to go to graduate school but life gets in the way. I have an intense interest in the “who” in addition to the “why” and “how.” I love reading beautiful writing on virtually any subject.

My Passions

I love cooking and interior design, and I’m obsessed with textiles. I like painting and crafting because I enjoy creating and I’m (cheap?) frugal. I can’t seem to master machine sewing (probably due to a lack of patience) but I’m decent at sewing by hand. I love architecture and big stone farmhouses melt me.  I find peace in old houses and vernacular, revere original details, and like old furniture with wheels.

Renewing old things and reaching out to broken people are particular specialties. I’m a chronic outliner and list-maker; I mostly like my books and magazines made of paper but I love the online design and creative world.

My favorite color is robin’s egg blue, and I love a good toile, especially in unexpected places. I like John Mayer, Lauren Daigle, Larry McMurtry, and old tv reruns. My favorite movie of all is The Quiet Man, I often quote Lonesome Dove. My hobby is writing movies I never market that, thus, have no chance of being made.

West End Beach Whidbey Island Washington San Juans
Our favorite beach at Whidbey Island…

The San Juan Islands are my happy place and San Diego is my favorite city. I love to eat and shop in Atlanta and hike in the Cascade Mountains, and the kind, hearty people of the South make my heart sing. I grew up in Arkansas, raised by hard-working parents, grandparents, and a big, gregarious group of cousins, aunts, and uncles. A childhood in the South left an indelible mark on my soul that’s with me no matter where life takes us and fuels my penchant for the occasional chocolate gravy brunch. As a military wife, I’ve lived pretty much everywhere in the US but New England and the Midwest. I’d love to explore both.

My biggest hurdle is being an unqualified social disaster. On paper, I’m outgoing as a politician but in person, I hide behind sunglasses, hats, and my husband. I can be too direct and a bit awkward. I’m grateful for the carefully curated group of amazing men and women who “get” me. I have stories, useful things, and kindness to share; I hope the fact I’m flawed makes them more interesting.

While I welcome debate and constructive criticism, please be kind; every comment is carefully considered. Also, while I recognize the importance of them, please save political discussions for other forums. I want this space to be welcoming to everyone.  

I’m truly appreciative of your time and I promise to respect it. I’m excited about the possibilities and look forward to getting to know all of you. 

Thanks for coming along –

Script writing - "Best, Andria"

4 thoughts on “My Story”

  1. Andria – this is a really beautiful story, thanks for sharing so much about yourself and your family. The photos are adorable! I also love the look of your website. I’m in the process of reworking mine [a long and tedious process, as you probably know] so I’m paying more attention to others right now, and yours is simple, easy to read, and has a real good vibe and flow to it. Kudos! Happy to subscribe.

    1. Thank you so much! I had a long learning curve to master (and I don’t know that I’d even call it that) WordPress but it was worth it in the long run. I use the Edge template which has more than served my needs and I’m grateful for a lot of good tech support from them and others along the way. I find the folks who make apps and themes are usually super helpful. Subscribing to yours to follow your progress, can’t wait to see where you go with it. Thanks again. 🙂

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